04:30 GMT02 December 2020
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    Four suspects in the killing of two police officers in Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan have been eliminated, a regional representative of the Russian National Guard told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee said that four men were wanted for the Tuesday killing of two police officers in Astrakhan. The group of radical Islamists responsible for the killing numbered eight assailants, but two of them had already been detained.

    "One of the suspects in the murder of policemen in Astrakhan was eliminated during an attack on a National Guard post, another died after an injury to his back, two others were located and eliminated. All of them were wanted in the case of the murder of police officers. There have been no casualties among National Guard servicemen," a National Guard representative told Sputnik on Thursday morning.

    A local interior ministry source told Sputnik in the early hours of Thursday that three servicemen of the Russian National Guard were shot at from a moving vehicle during a search for those responsible for the killing of two police officers in Astrakhan. One of the attackers was killed in return fire.

    A representative of the regional Investigative Committee confirmed to Sputnik on Thursday morning that the killed attacker was one of the men wanted for the killing of the police officers.

    A regional law enforcement source told Sputnik that another man wanted in the case was injured during the shootout with the National Guard.

    According to the source, one of the four administrative districts of Astrakhan was cordoned off after the shootout and police have found the car used by the attackers.


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